WWII Veteran Breaks Down in Tears: America Is ‘Going to Hell in a Hand-Basket’
100-year-old World War II warns of the current state of the United States
A World War II American veteran broke down in tears while celebrating his 100th birthday as he discussed the current state of America.
Tampa Bay veteran Carl Spurlin Dekel recalled his times in the Marines and said that while fighting in the war was his "biggest pride," he admiited that soldiers did not die for the America of today.
"People don't realize what they have," Dekel told Fox13.
"The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it's all gone down the drain," he noted.
"Our country is going to hell in a hand-basket."
Dekel began to cry as he compared America he grew up into the current America of today.
The Silver-medal holder spent with friends and family after he gave the gut-wrenching remarks.
Dekel said his appreciation for the little things is the reason behind his longevity and good health.
"I really believe in this whole world and believe everything is beautiful."
"I mean if I wake up in the morning and see these plants, and all of those flowers, and the green grass in the ground, that's beautiful," he told Fox13.
Dekel burst into tears as he remembered the friends he had lost to the war.
"We haven't got the country we had when I was raised, not at all," he said.
"Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had," he added.
"It's just not the same. And that's not what our boys, that's not what they died for."
Although it was clear what Dekel was referring to, the recent wave of mass shootings and soaring inflation under Joe Biden has damaged America's morale.
A Gallup poll released in June revealed that a record-high 50 percent of Americans rated the U.S.'s moral values as poor.
Meanwhile, seventy-eight percent said the values in America are getting worse, and only 12 percent rated the state of moral values as 'good.'
Just 1 percent rated them excellent.
It comes amid plummeting approval ratings for those in the country's highest offices, including President Joe Biden, whose approval sank to below 50 percent in May.